Arkansas Asbestos Information

Due to the notable deposits of naturally-occurring asbestos and large number of oil, power, and electric companies in the area, Arkansans are susceptible to asbestos exposure in many of their home communities. The following seven cities are recorded to have known asbestos contamination at some level: Little Rock, North Little Rock, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, El Dorado, Fort Smith, and Pine Bluff.

Based on existing Arkansas legislation it appears as though the State government takes asbestos hazards very seriously. Since asbestos has become widely recognized as a dangerous material, Arkansas law has undergone three revisions in order to most adequately address the risk posed by asbestos. Lung cancer attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm understand this is a complex issue. If you were exposed to asbestos in any form, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our office today for a free consultation and to discuss your potential claim.

In 1990, Arkansas publicized the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission. In this commission, a special regulation was enacted to standardize the work practices during demolition and renovation of facilities and to license asbestos workers. This Arkansas Asbestos Legislation is commonly referred to as Regulation 21. See an excerpt from this legislation below to get a more comprehensive view of the policies and regulations in Arkansas:

Reg. 21.501 Asbestos Inspection
The owner or operator of a demolition, renovation, or response action shall conduct, or have conducted, a thorough inspection of the affected facility or part of the facility for the presence of asbestos including category I and category II nonfriable asbestos prior to the commencement of the demolition, renovation, or response action. The Department recommends that all bulk samples collected from school or public and commercial buildings be analyzed by a laboratory accredited under the NVLAP administered by NIST. There is one NVLAP lab in Arkansas: Environmental Enterprise Group, Russellville, AR., 479.968.6767.

Reg. 21.502 Project Design
A project design is required prior to renovation, demolition, or response action that is not a SSSD or minor release episode that involves RACM. The project design must be a written document, specific to the job in question. A copy must be maintained at the job site and be made available to Department employees upon request.

Reg. 21.503 Licensing and/or Certification Provisions
A person must meet the licensing and/or certification provisions of this regulation prior to engaging in renovations, demolitions, or response activities involving RACM including, but not limited to, the following:

(A) A person supervising any of the following activities with respect to RACM in a facility-a response action other than a SSSD activity, a maintenance activity that disturbs RACM other than a SSSD activity, or a response action for a major fiber release episode–must be trained, certified as a Contractor/Supervisor, and meet all other requirements of this regulation;

(B) A person conducting an inspection for ACM in a facility must be trained, certified as an Inspector, and meet all other requirements of this regulation;

(C) A person preparing management plans for schools must be trained, certified as a Management Planner, and meet all other requirements of this regulation;

Reg. 21.608 Beginning Date/Asbestos Removal Change
An owner or operator who has already submitted an NOI shall notify the Department, as necessary, (1) when the beginning date for prepping and/or removal has changed and/or (2) when the amount of asbestos affected changes by at least 20%. The owner or operator shall also provide, in writing, the reason(s) for the change.

Reg. 21.1201 Licenses
Licenses shall be issued to Asbestos Abatement Contractors, Asbestos Abatement Consultants and Training providers. Such licenses shall be issued for a period not to exceed 12 months.

If You Hire An Asbestos Abatement Contractor:
A list of Arkansas-licensed asbestos contractors can be found through the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Check with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration of Little Rock Office, 501.224.1841, which is responsible for worker safety.

Asbestos attorneys highlight the importance of knowing your state’s asbestos regulations. Exposure to asbestos results in development of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. If you suspect asbestos exposure, contact our office immediately to discuss possible compensation.

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